Batata Kachrya

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Batata Kachrya is a known recipe in every household of Konkan region of Maharashtra. Its alternate name is Zatpat Batata Bhaji.  You can prepare this bhaji in a very short period without adding onion and tomatoes. I had tried this bhaji by adding pav bhaji masala and surprisingly the bhaji turned out to be tastier.

Pav bhaji masala gives a very different taste and flavour. This is a simplest dry potato bhaji and it goes well with your lunch or dinner. My kids like this bhaji very much in their tiffin box with chapati. They also love to eat this bhaji with plain Dal Rice.

Preparation Time –  10 mins

Cook Time – 15 mins

Total Time – 25 mins


  • 4-5 medium size Potatoes
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin Seeds
  • 1 teaspoon Mustard Seeds
  • 2 teaspoon Chilli powder
  • 1 teaspoon Garam masala (optional)
  • 2 teaspoon Pav bhaji masala
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon Coriander powder
  • 2 pinch Asafoetida
  • Finely Chopped Coriander leaves
  • 6-7 Curry leaves
  • ½ small bowl oil or 3-4 teaspoon oil
  • Salt to taste

Serves:  2-3 persons

Directions / Procedure:

  1. Wash the Potatoes and peal the skin. Then cut the potatoes in any shape but very thin. Keep aside in water.
  2. Heat the oil in Kadai or pan on low flame gas. Add cumin seed, mustard seed, curry leaves, pinch of asafoetida and saute for 2 minutes.
  3. Add finely chopped potatoes and add salt to taste. Stir the mixture well. Cover with lid and cook for about 7-8min on low flame gas.
  4. Stir the mixture once in between while cooking, make sure that it doesn’t stick to the bottom of kadai or non-stick pan.
  5. Now add red chilli powder, pav bhaji masala, cumin powder and coriander powder, mix it well, saute the mixture for 2-3 minutes.
  6. Garnish with finely chopped coriander and serve with chappati/ Pulkas / bread / Dal Rice.

Tips / suggestions:

  • Do not add water for cooking
  • Cut the potatoes very thin because they cook easily
  • Adding chopped onion and tomatoes is optional.
  • Adding garam masala is optional.

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  1. Jhatpat made chatpata bhaji. Looks mouth- watering.

  2. I love such ‘Alu Bhaja’ – that’s what it’s called in Odisha & Eastern India.
    Just a bit of masala & taste is different & all is great!

    • Varsha Baikar

      Nice to know that you love ‘Alu Bhaja’ 🙂 Anita
      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your comments 🙂

  3. Looks yummy 🙂

  4. In my house all are aloo lovers. So this is a must try 🙂

  5. code2cook

    Looks very tempting. comforting food with rice and dal.

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